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Lincoln National Memorial Highway Committee

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC415

Scope and Contents

The Lincoln National Memorial Highway Committee Records, 1929-1931 occupy 3½ ms boxes. This includes correspondence files, 1929-1931, which contain carbons of outgoing letters by chairman Logan Hay and secretary Paul Angle, most of which concern routine committee affairs. There are also incoming letters from committee members Oliver R. Barrett and Henry Horner and Governor Louis Emmerson; Governor Harry G. Leslie of Indiana; and Director H.H. Cleaveland of the Department of Public Works and Buildings. There are numerous letters from concerned citizens, many of whom enclosed statements regarding their personal knowledge about the Lincoln family. The committee’s working files include (1) (Boxes 1-2) affidavits from persons in Clark, Coles, Crawford, and Edgar counties; (2) reports from special state and local citizens’ committees; (3) (Box 1) reports from the state Division of Highways; (4) (Box 1) transcript of a hearing before the committee at which individuals and groups gave testimony, Springfield, September 18, 1930, 231 pages. (5) (Box 1) maps and blueprints; (Box 3) and (6) clippings, brochures, broadsides, and other publicity (Boxes 1-3). As indicated in the House Joint Resolution No. 32, the construction of the Lincoln National Highway was being sponsored in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Specifically mentioned in the resolution was the Lincoln National Memorial Highway Association for the State of Illinois, which was organized in Springfield on February 27, 1929. Officers of this group were James M. Weaver, of Oakford, chairman; Adolf Sumerlin, of Lerna, vice chairman; and Allen T. Lucas, of Chandlerville, historian. Letters from all three appear in the correspondence files of the State Committee. In addition the collection holds ten folders of correspondence and papers, 1925-1930, (Boxes 3 – 3 ½) regarding activities of the Association, which were kept by the vice-chairman Adolf Sumerlin.

Dates

  • Created: 1929-1931

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Lincoln National Memorial Highway Committee was appointed in 1929 by Governor Louis Emmerson pursuant to House Joint Resolution No. 32, in which the Governor was requested to collect data regarding the construction of a highway “following wherever practicable the general route traveled by the Lincoln Family, immigrating from Kentucky to Illinois . . .” The collection includes carbon copies of outgoing letters as well as incoming correspondence; affidavits from persons in Clark, Coles, Crawford and Edgar Counties; reports from special state and local citizens’ committees; reports from the State Division of Highways; transcript of a hearing at which individuals and groups gave testimony at Springfield, September 18, 1830 (231 pp.); maps and blueprints; and clippings, brochures, broadsides, and other publicity.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows: reports from various committees and associations on the Lincoln National Memorial Highway project, arranged chronologically; affidavits, arranged alphabetically by county of residence; correspondence, arranged chronologically; maps and blueprints, arranged alphabetically by county; clippings; photographs; and the Adolph Sumerlin Papers, primarily consisting of correspondence, arranged chronologically.
Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Author
Connie Butts and Karl Janssen
Description rules
Other Unmapped
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
und

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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